New Delhi: Tariffs in hotels across top leisure destinations in India are 6% lower this December than last year.
Year-end travel gets more affordable in 2017
The data indicates that room tariffs have come down in Darjeeling (29%), Srinagar (23%), Kovalam (22%), Lonavala (16%), and Jaisalmer (15%) due to high demand.
Hill-stations witnessed the greatest drop in tariffs, thanks to emergence of new guest houses and alternate branded hospitality accommodation. Kasauli and Gangtok tariffs are nearly 30% lower, while Dharamshala (-13%), Lonavala (-16%) and Ooty (-10%) are between 10-15% lower than tariffs at the same time last year. On the other hand, Mount Abu (30%) and Pachmarhi (33%) are charging 30% higher than last year.
On the whole, pilgrimage destinations have seen stable tariffs. Notable exceptions are Vrindavan (+7%), Puri (+9%), Rameswaram (+8%) and Mysore which witnessed the steepest increase at 18%. Tariffs in Shirdi, Aurangabad and Ajmer went down by 20%.
Beach towns have also seen tariffs go up, led by Mahabalipuram (22%), Kanyakumari (14%) and Goa (13%). Alleppey (-17%) and Kovalam (-22%) witnessed the steepest drops.